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I had spent a lot of time building a heavily curated experience on twitter. Over the years, I have carefully selected follows to build a news stream that appeared to reflect reality.
Then the Musk showed up.
I used to be a fan of Elon’s. He did a great job of appearing to be “just an engineer”. Over the years more and more about his personal views, business practices and general personality have come to light. I may have been a little slow, but I got there.
Wednesday of last week, as Musk walked into twitter with the sink. I did let that sink in. I reflected on what that site brought to me. I decided it was not worth the risk to keep it as a primary interaction medium.
I’ve come a long way, and the tech landscape has come a long way in the last 15 years. I fondly recall when I added tweetbot to the launcher bar on my phone, and how twitter lived there for years.
As an aside, I have been a long time tweetbot user, and I still highly recommend it’s use over the official twitter client.
I initially grabbed an account on mastodon.online. After doing some reading I decided that I wanted more control. I also found that the big instances may not be the best experince. Big thanks to FediTips for providing a great community service and the FAQ’s!
Well, after my reading, I decided that I should set up my own instance so I have more control. Currently, I am running my instance on masto.host. Since I own my own domains, I’m leveraging the neat URL of social.nokes.name. This gives me the ability to move to self hosting if I decide to. I can also offer hosting to folks in the family who want a social.nokes.name handle.
So I guess the moral of the story is sometimes out of the bad things, you can find some good.